Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common issues men report to physicians in regard to their sexual health. Affecting over 3 million men every year, erectile dysfunction can be a source of stress, low self-esteem, and depression for men who suffer from the condition. If you’ve been having issues with erectile dysfunction, board-certified urologist Peter Niemczyk, MD, FACS, at the Center for Sexual & Urinary Function in Phoenix, Globe, and Show Low, Arizona, can help set you on a path to improved sexual health. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more.
Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is defined as the inability to keep an erection firm enough for sexual activity. Although issues with maintaining erections aren't uncommon, erectile dysfunction occurs when these issues are consistent.
There are a number of causes for erectile dysfunction, both physical and emotional. If you’ve been having issues with erectile dysfunction, sitting down with a men’s health specialist like Dr. Niemczyk can help you determine the cause of your condition and the best treatment plan.
Some common causes of ED include:
Because blood flow plays a major role in your ability to get and keep an erection, issues with blood flow can have adverse effects on erectile functions. Conditions like hardened arteries, heart disease, and diabetes can restrict the ability of blood to flow into your penis.
Nerve damage caused by impaired blood flow can also impair erectile functions. Addressing conditions that restrict or impair blood flow can help relieve ED.
Peyronie's disease is a condition that causes fibrous scar tissue to develop inside your penis. Although curved erections aren’t abnormal and don’t usually cause pain, patients with Peyronie's disease experience penile pain and difficulty maintaining an erection. As the scar tissue continues to develop, the issues caused by Peyronie's disease worsen.
Men with connective tissue disorders are at particular risk for this condition. Peyronie's disease is thought to be caused by repeated injury to the penis that leads to scar tissue developing erratically, but in many cases, no prior injury is reported. Treatment for Peyronie's disease includes medication and surgery to correct deformities.
Psychological factors can also have an impact on erectile functions. Depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship woes can all make it difficult to get or maintain an erection. Addressing emotional issues and seeking treatment for possible mental disorders can help alleviate the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction.
Other causes like hormone imbalances and side effects from medication are also common factors in ED.
Treatment for erectile dysfunction begins with an evaluation with Dr. Niemczyk. To uncover the cause of your condition, he’ll need to assess your overall physical and emotional health, as well as any lifestyle risks like drug use or excessive alcohol consumption that can impact your condition.
Depending on the cause of your ED there are a number of treatment options available, including psychotherapy, stem cell therapy, and the Priapus Shot®. The Center for Sexual & Urinary Function is a leading provider of the noninvasive GAINSWaveⓇ treatment, a cutting-edge procedure that helps stimulate and repair damaged blood vessels in the penis.
To find out the best treatment option for your condition to improve your sexual health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Niemczyk online or by phone today.